All but one of the President’s Committee members on the Arts and the Humanities Council resigned on Friday.
The 16 members resigned because of Trump’s comments regarding the violence that took place at a white supremacist rally the past weekend in Charlottesville, Virginia. These members were selected by our former President, Barack Obama, and they decided to hold on to their positions when Trump was voted in to office.
Actor Kal Penn shared this all on twitter as he announced that him and the remaining committee members were resigning along with a letter. Each paragraph secretly referred to the ongoing resistance movement that is going on will the Democratic party.
“Ignore your hateful rhetoric would have made us complicit in your words and actions. We took a patriotic oath to support and defend the Constitution of the United States against all enemies, foreign and domestic,” the letter stated.
Those who have resigned include House actor Kal Penn, artist Chuck Close, Paula Boggs, Richard Cohen, Fred Goldring, Howard L. Gottlieb, Vicki Kennedy, Jhumpa Lahiri, Anne Luzzatto, Thom Mayne, Eric Ortner, Ken Solomon, Carol Taylor, Jill Cooper Udall, Andrew Weinstein, and John Lloyd Young.
The only remaining member that did not sign the letter is Broadway director George C Wolfe. No immediate comment on his status on the committee has been given yet by Representatives for Wolfe at the Creative Arts Agency.
Melania Trump is also on the Arts and Humanities committee as an honorary chair member.
Another wave of committee members had quit after Trump was elected as president back in November of 2016, the remaining members were all appointed by Obama.
Their letter went on the tell Trump that “Supremacy, discrimination, and vitriol are not American values. Your values are not American values We must be better than this. We are better than this. If this is not clear to you, then we call on you to resign your office, too.”
It appears everyone around Donald is dropping like flies.
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